Our funders and partners

The Network is coordinated by RISC in partnership with:

The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens: supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms, gardens, allotments and other green spaces. It represents around 120 city and school farms, nearly 1,000 community gardens and a growing number of community-managed allotments and supports their work with outdoor learning.

Garden Organic: the UK’s leading organic growing charity. Its schools’ project is a nationwide campaign with over 6,000 members which helps children grow vegetables at school, and learn more about their food. Support for schools includes demonstration gardens, CPD and teaching resources.

Food For Thought: is a project of Devon Development Education. It links school gardens in Devon, Cornwall and Berkshire with similar projects in two rural districts in Uganda. It provides an opportunity to share experience, knowledge, resources and information between two countries, broadening horizons to engender a real understanding of each others’ cultures.

Practical Action: is a development charity that works closely with some of the world’s poorest people to fight poverty - using simple technology to create jobs, improve health and livelihoods and transform their lives for the better. Its education programme supports learning about sustainable design and technology, renewable energy and climate change.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening: is a nationwide education programme run by the UK’s leading gardening charity. It encourages and supports over 10,000 schools to develop and use a school garden to develop the life skills of gardening, growing food, healthy eating and how to care for the environment.

Roehampton University School of Education: is promoting the use of the outdoor classroom in its Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses and the schools it works with. A key aim is to explore the use of the outdoor classroom to support global citizenship.

This project has received funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), although the views expressed within do not necessarily reflect its official policy. DFID is the Government Department that manages Britain's aid to developing countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty and supports projects that are designed to promote public knowledge and understanding of development issues.

Did you know?

My wild ancestors originated in Afghanistan over 3000 years ago

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I originated in the South American Andes mountains

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I originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia around 2000 BC ago

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I am part of the rose family and native to Central Asia.

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I am the world’s most important salad plant.

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I come from the Andes Mountains and was first cultivated about 7,000 years ago.

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I originated in South and Central Asia dating back to 3500 BC.

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Scientists are unsure whether I originated in Central Asia, Ethiopia or the Mediterranean.

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I originated in Central and South America

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My wild ancestors are fond throughout Asia and Europe.

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I am a delicious fruit, native to Eastern Asia, with wide culinary and medicinal uses.

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I originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and spread to China around 600AD.

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My small wild ancestors are found in temperate areas all over the Old World.

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I am native to the Central Americas and was first domesticated in Mexico, by at least 2600 BC.

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I am native to the Americas and was cultivated by the Aztecs as early as 700 AD.

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